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Poster: vapors Date: Sep 6, 2009 9:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

sorry, i missed your reponse. Me wife and I lived right on the red road in Kalapana (Kaimu). My second daughter was born in that house. Good friends and "family" down the way in Kehena and Kapoho. Had a craft business which often brought us over to Kona. Funny how after we moved back east I was sure we'd be back, at least to visit. Hasn't happened yet - time (and life) can play mean tricks for sure.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 6, 2009 12:28pm
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Small world indeed! I used to live out there too in Kapoho for a few years, as well as Ainaloa, Nanawale, Paradise Park & Hawaiian Beaches before moving to Hilo and then Kona. Were you there in the eighties & nineties during the eruption?
The first two pictures are of Harry K. Brown Park in Kalapana, across from Drainpipe. This was my favorite park at the black sand beach. I first camped out here right in the spot where you see the two stands of palm trees. The third picture is lava entering the Queen's Bath in Kalapana near the Kamoamoa National Park. It was a favorite swimming spot.

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Poster: vapors Date: Sep 6, 2009 12:55pm
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The lava was hard and done when I arrived in '92. My wife had lived there before in the '80s and pointed out all the "hot" spots that had changed since.
Harry Brown was a five minute walk from our place.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 7, 2009 12:44am
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Wow! You lived five minutes from Harry K. Brown? What a great place! Man, I had SO many GREAT TIMES out there!! One year in '85 I camped the whole summer between Harry K. Brown and Spencer Beach in Kona. I spent a few months staying down the red road from Kalapana at Kalani Honua, just down the road from where you were. Too cool. If all you guys ever end up back here again we should have a forum party!

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Poster: vapors Date: Sep 8, 2009 8:02pm
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Ok, just spoke with my wife (something I religiously try to avoid) to refresh my memory. Make that a 5 minute bicycle ride, under two miles. It must have been sweet to have been there before all the damage, but Mother Nature is her own master. Most nights we could still see the glow from flows further up the mountain. You could walk to what's left of Harry K. Brown park on the lava behind our house – I’d sometimes take my little ones there. Mostly we went to Kehena beach keiki pool, or Queen’s bath. Loved the beaches on Kona side for sure.

My two years living on the island were an experience equal to no other I've had and these days I often find myself trying to (or wishing I could) recapture that peace.


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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 6, 2009 1:00pm
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Hey SD--can't recall if you were in on the discussion some time back about HKB Pk--under lava now, right?

Captured three huge Marine Toads there on my first visit in 1970...nobody but nobody around there then...

Great spot.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 7, 2009 12:11am
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Wow! I didn't arrive until '79 and there was nothing there then either. A very special place, a magical place. A place of unearthly power and beauty until the lava consumed it in May of 1990. I camped there a lot. Very mystical. I have wonderful memories from those days.
As a "Dead-related" footnote, Jerry played a benefit in Hilo shortly after this happened for Earth Day. I have seen pictures of Jerry touring the volcano during the time. Here are some more pics.
There was quite a bit of drama wrapped up in all of this. The last hold-out to the lava flow was a guy named Walter who owned a store at Kalapana. It was the place everybody used to stop at. During the eruption Walter made sacrifices to Pele, the goddess of the volcano according to Hawaiian religion. CNN even sent in a team to cover the stand off between Walter and the lava flow. It went on for many days. One day he ceased his sacrifices and gave his land over to the goddess Pele. Shortly after, the lava that had surrounded the store for days consumed the building. Here you see the store and the aftermath.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 7, 2009 5:45am
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Very nice (? well, you know) pics!

Thanks, SD!

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 8, 2009 9:09pm
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W.S. Merwin live anywhere around there??

:)

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 8, 2009 11:00pm
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I'm not familiar with his work, but I believe he lives on Maui.

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 8, 2009 11:30pm
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Skydawg :just saw your awsome pics of store Kalapana .So hot pool gone too ,i guess

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 9, 2009 1:28am
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So sorry I didn't answer you sooner skies. No, the hot ponds survived. The majestic cold pond, the "Queen's Bath", that I posted a picture of, did not. I really miss that place.
There is more than one hot pond though. There is one at Pohoiki and one on the highway to Kalapana. I was confused which hot pond you meant.

Unfortunately, the beach town of Kalapana no longer exists . The pictures I posted were of it's destruction.

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 9, 2009 3:31am
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Sky dawg ,!I don't remember the name of hot pool ,as it was so far back in late 70's when I was there ! It was very close to a beach ,straight down from Pahoa and before Kalapana is all I can recall !

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 9, 2009 3:38am
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Near Pohoiki beach ,maybe ! Queens bath ; i remember name only ,but a clear site memory was a huge cold water pool with a cliff really people would jump from ,into pool . But i don't remember whereabouts of this place . There were also little pits of steam where I took hot saunas somewhere !Now i am half a planet away !!!

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 6, 2009 3:41pm
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W.Tell I was on Big Island late 70's !

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 6, 2009 4:05pm
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terrific photos , Skydawg ,thanks !

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 6, 2009 3:37pm
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Kalapana blask sand beach ! Hot pool baths nearby still ? Kona gold !yum !

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 7, 2009 12:50am
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Right on skies! Aloha to you my brother! Mentioning the hot ponds and the black sand beach... Now I'm SURE you've been here like you said!
Besides "Kona Gold" you also have "Puna Buddah" and "White Widow" and others too.

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 7, 2009 6:29am
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Aloha,Skydawg ! me, vahiné !I used to go to health foods stotes ih Pahoa ,Hilo, Capt Cook ,and Waimea !You mean I am still the suspect, here ?And all that because I was born in Europe instead of boondocks USA ? Bof, na !So now tell me about this delicious hotpool ,near ocean ,thereabout before Kalapana Beach :still exist ,or was swallowed by volcano lava ?

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 9, 2009 3:19am
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You are no suspect to me skies. I have never trashed you on this group ever. I don't care where you were born. You are here now. Aloha to you skies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ltAGuuru7Q

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 9, 2009 3:28am
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Hey now ,Skydawg !So ,the pool in hawaii really gone !

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 9, 2009 4:22am
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Actually, no, if you read my post.